Date of Stay: June, 2016
This is a large, well kept county run campground. Very comparable to many COE campgrounds we have stayed at. This is one of our favorite places for a quick local getaway, but there are some idiosyncrasies to the place that let you know the people in charge may not be in touch with the modern RV experience. On our most recent visit we had a pull through that was very steep front to back. Once unhooked, in order to level our trailer the tongue was almost on the ground. Other sites have posts that mark each campsite placed precariously close to the pad, making backing or pulling into your spaces extremely difficult. And finally, they have a strict "no dog" policy for the campground, but dogs are welcome throughout the rest of the park and hiking trails. On this particular visit we felt the park host was somewhat overzealous in his enforcement of rules. On a midweek night, with the park virtually empty and not another camper within several hundred feet we were told our quiet campfire conversation was disturbing other guests. The next morning I was chastised for not having a paper tag with our check out date attached to our campsite marker. I had never received one, and was asked to stop what I was doing and drive to the front gate and obtain one. Once there, the same teenager that checked me in admitted that she forgets to give them out from time to time. These things aside, it really is a wonderful campground located within a beautiful regional park. There are several miles of hiking trails, a modern boat landing, playgrounds, picnic shelters and other typical park amenities.
Date of Stay: July, 2015
This park was a pleasant surprise. We stayed here one night on our return from the Black Hills. The staff was efficient and friendly. The park is well maintained with large and spacious sites that cater to big rigs. Our kids enjoyed the pool the free ice cream social in the evening. The park is located immediately adjacent to I-90 but the freeway noise was less than I anticipated. With the AC on at night it was a non-issue. We would definitely stay here again if passing through or visiting the area.
Date of Stay: July, 2015
This place is hard to rate. They do some things very well, and fail in other areas. We knew this place had a reputation to be a zoo going in, but with 6 kids in our group we decided to go ahead and make reservations for a week. Reservations were made several months in advance for two sites. The reservations were made under one name and I was assured by the reservationist that the sites would be adjacent to each other. The first hint at what was to come was at check in. We were told we were not adjacent to each other. We were then told it was because we didn't pay a "site lock" fee. No amount of reasoning with the young and inexperienced check in person got anywhere and we were told a manager was not available. We were then led to our sites. One site was fine, but the other was completely saturated in mud. Apparently a wet summer had produced drainage issues but it appeared no efforts had been made to make the site habitable. We immediately demanded to talk to a manager who eventually did respond. A reasonable compromise was worked out, but the site should never have been rented and there is still no excuse for being told we would have adjacent sites and then it not being granted this because we never paid a hidden fee that was never revealed to us. This is a massive and busy campground. There are numerous activities for kids and ours were never bored. The facilities generally were clean and there was staff everywhere. However, it seems that recent capital improvements have been spent more on rental park models and patio sites. The basic campground itself needs some work. Most sites have not seen new gravel or any kind of basic landscaping in years. Our electrical post had the socket broken out but I was able to make it work. It appears this has been broken for a long time. I mentioned it to a passing worker but it didn't seem as if it would be acted upon. The wifi was unusable. Overall, the kids loved it but we would stay elsewhere next time.
Date of Stay: June, 2015
This remains one of our favorite family get aways. The resort recently changed hands and there is a much stronger emphasis on family activities and amenities. If you are looking for a quiet weekend, this probably isn't the RV resort for you. We found the staff to be extremely friendly and accommodating. The sites are fantastic; large and well maintained. All of the sites, back in or pull through can accommodate big rigs. My only real criticism is the pool seems much too small for a resort of this size. A second or expanded pool area would be welcome. The Wifi was strong and worked well. It did boot you out after approximately 20 minutes but I am sure that is to keep plenty of bandwidth available and prevent people from staying logged on indefinitely.
Date of Stay: July, 2014
We stayed here one night on our trip to Yellowstone. This is a hard place to rate. It is expensive for what you get, but you are in a prime tourist area in high season with not a lot of choices. Our site was a fairly tight pull through. It was not even remotely level and had a large mud puddle from what appeared to be a leaking underground water line. I don't think our site had seen new gravel in years and overall the campground seemed kind of run down. That being said, our kids went straight to the jumping pillow and pool and thoroughly enjoyed them.
Date of Stay: July, 2014
This was our second stay here in three years. This is just about the ultimate in RV parks. Beautiful well maintained facility. Fantastic pool area. Friendly staff. One of our all time favorite stops. My only wish is that they provided fire rings at each site.
Date of Stay: June, 2014
This campground is situated in scenic valley along the Zumbro River. This is a campground, not an RV park and that is an important distinction. We stayed in a waterfront premium site with 50 amp electric and water. The sites are extremely large and all grass. There are no RV pads but it allows you to position your unit any way you wish. Our site required leveling blocks, and many of the sites will, depending on how you wish to position your rig. My only complaint with our site is there were several dead trees that posed a hazard. They appeared to have been dead for sometime and there is really no excuse why they were not taken down. There was plenty of activities to keep the kids happy. They enjoyed the pool and on site skate park and climbing wall (additional fee required). There is a new office building with rest rooms and showers. We didn't use the showers, but the bathrooms were modern and clean. This was an enjoyable camping experience and we will definitely come back.
Date of Stay: May, 2014
We stayed 3 nights at this park. Price included 4 passes for a nearby water park for the entire length of our stay. The park is centrally located right in the heart of many of the attractions. You would never know it though once you are in the park. It is surrounded by woods and is nicely insulated from the activity only a block or two away. We were in a pull through full hook up site. The sites were adequately sized and larger than other sites we have stayed at in the area. The roads and sites were all paved in the area of the park we were at. They had a good sized pool and our kids utilized it several times. The park appeared to be well maintained and the staff was friendly. I cannot comment on the bathrooms as we never used them.
Date of Stay: June, 2013
This is one of our favorite campgrounds. The sites are spacious and everything is well maintained. Our kids love the skate park and pool. The only reason I didn't rate this as a "10" was the pool is really too small for the number of guests and some of the trees need trimming and are starting to intrude on the RV pads. We were unable to get on the free Wi-Fi, but wasn't a big deal since we are there for the camping and activities and not the internet.
Date of Stay: August, 2012
We stayed here while attending the nearby Knoxville Nationals sprint car races. This is a fantastic COE campground. The sites are extremely spacious and situated among large mature shade trees. The roads are paved and the pads are well maintained gravel. Our kids loved the bike trails and access to the river. There are also playgrounds situated around the park. The various hosts we dealt with were very friendly and helpful. My only suggestion would to be to add some more bathrooms/shower houses as they did get busy during peak times.
Date of Stay: July, 2012
We enjoyed our stay here. They are centrally located to all the major tourist areas. The park is very neat and clean with a large percentage of the sites being seasonal. We stayed in the newer, full hookup section in the back of the park. It was very quiet back there with virtually no road noise. Much less tree cover, but the sites were reasonably spaced and level. My only (minor) complaint was our site was never mowed prior to our arrival, or the entire week we stayed and was looking pretty ragged by the end.
Date of Stay: September, 2011
This was our first time camping here although we have stayed at the adjacent Three Bears Lodge on prior occasions. While there are numerous water attractions and activities for the kids (which they enjoyed) this place is a very poor value. This was evident as the place was half full at best for the Labor Day weekend (despite their reservationist insisting it would be full and they would have to turn away people). The rate of $70 for a "deluxe site" is obscene, but they further tack on $8/day per person so the effective rate for a family of four is $102 per night. The sites themselves were fairly roomy, but many of the concrete pads were grossly out of level. Wi-Fi never worked. General maintenance is fair at best. For $60-70 per night total cost it would be a fair value, at $102 we will probably not return.
Date of Stay: July, 2011
This was our first stay here and after hearing glowing reviews from friends and on this site we have to admit we came away with mixed feelings. Great central location and beautiful scenery all around. We were in Base Camp and had a roomy pull through with nice shade trees. However, the pad was quite unlevel and it took two leveling blocks to get situated. Facilities were nice and the kids spent a lot of time at the pool and playground. We enjoyed the morning pancake breakfast. What was not so great was the Wi-Fi was completely unusable and never worked our entire stay. We also found their campfire policy of 11pm curfew to be ridiculous. After a long day of sightseeing, by the time you get back, make dinner, etc 11pm comes quickly. Sure enough at 11:05 the campfire police arrived and made us and everyone around put out their fires. What possible harm is done by sitting around a campfire? This was a topic of discussion among several of the other campers around us and all agreed it would seriously make us reconsider coming back.
Date of Stay: July, 2011
This is a very new and well thought out RV park. Everything is top notch and the pull throughs are long and roomy. Very nice pool and sport court. WiFi worked well. We really wanted to give this a 10, but we discovered that sites do not have individual campfire rings. Instead they are spread randomly throughout the park. The closest to our site was at least 50-75 yards away. Not convenient at all and a disappointment for our group. We also noticed a fair amount of traffic noise from the adjoining highway.
Date of Stay: July, 2011
This was our second stay here in a year. This is a very well maintained campground with lots of much appreciated shade trees. The kids enjoyed the pool, bike rentals and the play ground. The Indian tacos for dinner were a hit again this time. We would definitely stay here again when travelling through the area.